Workshop for beginners andopen for experienced dancers.
“The simple pleasure of moving and living through one’s body is what I think matters most here. And the pleasure of dancing with someone in a spontaneous, unplanned way, free to create without disturbing one’s partner. It’s an extremely inspiring form of dance.” – Steve Paxton, founder of CI
Contact improvisation (CI) is one of the most welcoming and friendly dance forms. It’s open for people of all body types, ages, backgrounds and athletic ability.
In contact improvisation two moving bodies are following physical point of contact and they roll, fall, fly, support and give weight to each other. They are sharing the dance and playing with the physical laws as gravity, momentum, inertia, etc.
This workshop will help to release excess muscular tension, get in contact with our bodies and liberate the natural movement.
During the workshop we will work on:
- relaxing the body and releasing unnecessary muscular tension;
- physical touch and point of contact,
- listening to the partner, following and leading,
- sharing the weight
- different ways to support/lift,
- soft landing, falling and rolling,
- moving efficiently in different levels,
- inner and shared balance.
There will be technical material and we will also focus on our personal curiosity, exploration and pleasure of dance. We will create a space for finding the trust in ourselves and our partners, spontaneity, support and presence.
No previous experience in CI or other dancing is needed. You don’t need any personal partner as well!
Julija Melnik, BA, MA – Tutor in Dance – is leading regular contact improvisation classes, jams and workshops in Lithuania. She has also taught outside of Lithuania (Ukraine, Latvia, Russia, France, Germany and USA ). Julija is actively participating in International CI festivals, teachers’ conferences and is also organizing CI events in Lithuania: annual CI and Performance Mini-festival since 2007, regional CI teachers’ conference in March ‘08, Vilnius CI and Performance Festival ‘09.
Julija has studied contact improvisation with CI pioneers – Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith, and also with Nina Martin, Andrew Harwood, Angela Donii, Joerg Hassman, Charlie Morrissey, Adrian Russi and many others. She is also exploring other improvisational forms and performance, and has studied with Julyen Hamilton, Daniel Lepkoff, Nita Little, Alexander Girshon, Keith Hennessy, David Zombrano and others.
Julija is also practicing Argentinean tango, Gurdjieff movements, house dance, salsa, contemporary dance. Her movement research is informed as well by practices of meditation, bodywork, dance therapy and other movement techniques such as Feldenkrais, Lou Yong.
April 12 d. (Fri.) 19:00-22.00
April 13 d. (Sat.) 11:00-14:00; 15:00-18:00
April 14 d. (Sun.) 11:00-14:00; 15:00-18:00
Workshop will take place in the central part of Bergen. Details will be
announced later for participants.
Fee: Cost of the whole workshop (3 days) is 1400 NOK.
Early bird price until 1st April 2013 1100 NOK
Just friday 300 NOK
Saturday or sunday (1 day) 600 NOK